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good morning. breaking news. a california man linked to the controversial anti-islam film that triggered violent protests around the world taken in for questioning overnight. a taliban base killing two marines apparently in retaliation forhat film. fighting back. britain's royal family takes legal actiongainst the french magazine for publishing topless photos of kate middleton. this morning, why many say history is repeating itself with shades of princess diana. and that "'70s show." she had the democratic faithful swooning at their convention. but more than 40 years earlier, jennifer granholm went looking
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for love on the dating game. what she's saying about the latest viral video today saturday, september 15th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm kate snow. thank you for having me. >> great to have you. >> been a while since you've been up this early in the morning. >> i set the alarm for 3:00 a.m. >> first time you've been up at this hour on a weekend in the studio. nice to have you here. >> thanks for having me. we have a lot coming up. that crude film about islam has set off protests around the world. now a california man said to be behind it was brought in for questioning. >> officials say he's not under arrest, but they want to know if he violated his probation on
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bank fraud charges by going online. we'll get a live report in just a moment. also ahead, a very special homecoming for amy copeland, the georgia woman who battled a flesh eating bacteria and won. this morning you'll see how she's overcome the odds with a big smile on her face. chances are by now you've seen the video of a 77-year-old woman dragged out of her car during a traffic stop. now her family wants an apology. the question is did the officer really do anything wrong? we'll get into that coming up. i understand you're celebrating a big anniversary this weekend? >> yeah, i'm turning 25. no, the show is turning 25. 25 years of "weekend today" this morning. we'll take a look at how the world has changed from 1987 until now. remember those brick phones. >> i had one of those brick phones. >> i had the cell phone and the car phone. >> i also had jennifer granholm's hair. >> i had something like it. they called it an afro. we are going to begin with the breaking news overnight. last night a california man linked to the anti-islam film
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that set off protests around the world taken in for questioning. we are in los angeles with the very latest. >> reporter: this is only one of three men who have been linked to this film -- it's not really a film, it's a trailer. a 14-minute trailer. she an egyptian-born christian and an ex-con, as lester said before, convicted in the past for bank fraud. an l.a. county sheriffs department official repeated that he is not under arrest. >> the l.a. county sheriff's department considers right now there is no credible threat whatsoever. he is not a danger to anybody or anything. as i said, he's right now being interviewed by federal probation officers to see if he can, in fact, in violation of his federal probation. >> he has said that he was not responsible for the film, he was just a logistics person behind
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it. the people potentially responsible for the content were steve cline, a local insurance salesman and ex-marine, and joseph misrala, a company with a website and a broadcast operation with this film. both of them are now in hiding. now to the violence overseas. the bodies of the four americans killed in libya returned to the u.s. on friday. president obama paid tribute to them during a solemn ceremony at andrews air force base. >> four americans, four patriots. they loved this country. and they chose to serve it. and served it well. >> this morning, the violent protests triggered by that film continue across the middle east. in response, including a coalition base in afghanistan. jim is in cairo. what's the latest?
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>> well, it's a quiet day here in cairo, but clearly, what happened as a result of that film triggered a spasm of violence across the globe. the effects of the day of rage were felt in afghanistan, two u.s. service members were killed in a sustained taliban attack on marine headquarters there in helmand province. the british royal, prince harry, was based nearby, but he went unhurt. the taliban later claimed that the attack was its response to the film. here in cairo, things do feel like they're getting back to normal. that four-day standoff between protesters and riot police was broken up early this morning. egyptian security got the order to clear tahrir square down below me, which is the very symbol of the revolution.
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but the made in usa film, muslims in general claims defiles their religion, really triggered a spasm of violence. protesters stormed and sometimes breached u.s. embassy grounds. they burned american flags and replaced them with islamic flags. in all, at least seven protesters were killed in the violence. some angry protesters calling for the burning of the film and death to the film makers. meanwhile, world leaders condemned the attacks but could only hope that the protests would peter out. back to you. >> jim, thanks. now to libya, where the hunt is on for those responsible for deadly attack at a u.s. consulate there. eamonn is in benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile
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for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveillance. but as we've seen in the past, one of the more difficult things here on the ground is to actually maintain some kind of law and order and help and see really the kind of intelligence mechanisms that are being gathered by the libyan government, whether or not it's going to bear any fruit. >> thanks so much.
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chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. and michael hanlen is a senior official at the brookings institute. good morning to both of you. michael, would anyone have predicted we would be where we are today? >> overall, i would say it's been better than i would have predicted on violence. there was a lot of fear, for example, that in egypt, an islamic movement, a muslim brotherhood government could have actually ruptured ties with israel by now, could have cut off all intelligence cooperation with the united states. none of that has happened. it's important at a difficult time like this to bear in mind where things could have gone in a much more negative direction. it's been a terrible week for the united states, but i'm still hopeful about a lot of the arab spring. we've got to navigate some tough times right now, and syria remains a huge mess. but if you ask me how things are compared to how i would have
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guessed a year ago, probably better than i would have surmised. >> the u.s. still controls pursestrings in as much of the foreign aid to that part of the world. will that allow the u.s. to continue to exert some influence? >> absolutely. i think president morsi knows this in egypt. it's part of why he's sensitive to the fact that his initial reaction to this video. however understandable at a religious level is inappropriate at a political level, at a leadership level. i'd like to hope he would have figured this out on his own, but it's nice to have $1.5 billion worth of leverage on our side. >> chuck, this all did not happen in a vacuum. we're in political season right now. mitt romney spoke out. some say maybe a little too quickly before understanding all the facts of the timing of the statement. does the romney campaign regret anything it's done to this point? >> oh, i think the fact that they took the focus off what they think could have been solely on the president, raising doubts or debates about how has he handled the arab spring, how
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has he managed this, the relationship with egypt. so in terms of crass political aspect of this, i think they do regret that they allowed themselves to become a focus for 48 hours rather than putting the focus on the president. so what's unclear now, lester, is do they try to simply get back to the economy, stop talking about foreign policy, let this sort of -- let the president deal with this crisis on his own, or do they try to use this moment to exert and show off what they believe would be a different vision on foreign policy? >> some would argue they've put all their eggs in one basket, the economic basket. but as we've seen time and time again, events can drive a political campaign. might that be the case here? might foreign policy end up dominating? >> it certainly could dominate between now and the first debate, when you look at the timeline of things that are going on. in ten days, you have the u.n. general assembly opening up. i guarantee you this issue is going to come up. you'll probably have a lot of arab countries -- i wouldn't be surprised if this becomes an
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issue at the united nations. the president and mitt romney will both be in new york at that time. so i think there's a good chance that not just the events, the unexpected events going on right now in the middle east. but because of what's going to be happening in new york city in just ten days, that foreign policy will be front and center for the next two weeks, and because of that, i wouldn't be surprised if romney decides to do a big vision speech. >> michael what about the president? is his foreign policy under question as we watch events here? >> well, it certainly changes the narrative in that situation as well, because the president had wanted to portray toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not --
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and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being taken very seriously. four colleges and universities plus a federal building were warned friday about bombings or other acts of violence. the first call to the university of texas austin came from someone claiming to be with al qaeda saying he placed bombs all over campus. >> we had a group of explosives on our campus this morning.
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>> 69,000 people were alerted to get to safety. then just before 10:00 a.m., north dakota state university got a call about a bomb threat on their campus. faculty and students were aware that both campuses were being cleared and searched. >> you definitely think that's a coordinated effort when you hear that another university also has the same or a similar threat. >> valparaiso also had a threat after a warning of dangerous activity. a college in northeast ohio received a bomb threat through e-mail. >> police knocked on my door and they just said hurry up, get your stuff, leave campus, or whatever, call your folks. >> the campus was, like the others, eventually given an all clear. meanwhile in kansas city, a man walked into a federal building friday afternoon and announced he was a terrorist. police cordoned off the area and sent a robot to check his car. no bombs were found in any of these incidents. federal agencies say they don't
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see anything relating any of the threats. the extended vacation for chicago's 300,000 public school students could be nearing an end. negotiators have emerged to say they've achieved a basic deal that could end the nearly week-long walkout in time for school on monday. the two biggest sticking points have been teacher evaluations and a recall of laid off teachers. the chicago teachers union is deciding whether to suspend the strike. many americans are saving money by skipping out on doctors visits and medications. a new survey from consumer reports shows that over the past year, 60% of americans have missed appointments with their doctors, skipped out on medical exams or neglected to fill prescriptions all because of costs. if you are planning to preorder a new iphone 5 but you haven't yet, you're out of luck. preorders for the latest iphone sold out in just one hour on friday. the iphone 5 will start arriving in apple stores on september
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21st, but do expect those long lines, unfortunately. and that is the news. now back to you, lester and kate. i know that lester has put his order in. >> if apple came out with a toaster, i'd probably stand in line for it. >> i just bought the 4. >> i did, too. >> you guys are so last month. >> i was with the blackberry for a while, so i finally switched over. we want to say hi to dylan drier. you stopped by last spring and now you are with us on a regular basis. it's a delight to have you onboard. >> it's wonderful to be here. it's surreal. i'm taking it all in. but i'm here to do the weather on the weekends with you guys now. >> we'll give you the third degree a little bit later on in the broadcast. >> can't wait for that. we are talking about the heat today. especially the heat across the southwest. look at those numbers. temperatures could break records out that way. it's an offshore flow. it's a desert wind bringing temperatures up into the 100 to 105-degree range. that is some almost record-breaking heat. so we'll keep an eye on that
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throughout the day. it's also hot up across montana, through the dakotas. temperatures almost ten to 20 degrees above average out that way. we are also looking at some >> good morning, a little earthquake this morning just before 6:00. here's westminster and near oak orchard in frederick county 10 miles away, a magnitude 2 earthquake there. our forecast, lots of s and that's your latest weather. lester? now to a case that made headlines more than a half century ago. a little girl in illinois snatched from a street corner. all these years later, there has been a conviction in the case.
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nbc's kevin tibbles has the story. >> reporter: it's been one of the oldest cold cases in u.s. history. 7-year-old maria was playing in her town when she simply vanished. kathy chapman was with maria when a young man approached offering a piggy bag. >> you do remember a face and you don't forget a face. >> reporter: the pretty girl was snatched on the street. families nationwide worried for their own children's safety. 55 years ago, this story was of such national concern, president dwight eisenhower and j. edgar hoover asked for daily updates. five months after her disappearance, maria's body was found in a forest some 120 miles from home. among the suspects, local boy john 17 at the time, he told police he was in chicago for a medical military exam. it wasn't until a half century
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later when a girlfriend from the '50s called police that his alibi fell apart. his train ticket for that day was found unused. he is now 72, had been a washington state police officer. he was arrested in seattle and extradited to illinois for trial. a judge found him guilty of murder. >> this young girl snatched away at 7 years old, so i can see no victory in any of this. >> reporter: during the trial, the court heard how the suspect's own mother reportedly said from her death bed in 1994 those two little girls, the one that disappeared, john did it. following the verdict, his famifa the family expressed relief. >> it's been a lifetime of secrets. >> but we don't have to carry them anymore. 18 minutes after the hour.
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once again, here's kate. >> you might remember jennifer granholm's appearance at the democratic national convention. she tried to get voters to fall in love with president obama all over again. but in the late '70s, she was a teenager looking for love herself on national tv. >> reporter: you can turn out to be the governor of michigan, and bring down the house at your party's convention. >> you know what i'm saying. >> reporter: but appear on just one '70s game show and people never let you live it down. >> the cute and curvacious, jennifer granholm. >> reporter: now a democratic fire brand who delivered in charlotte. >> the r is for reverse. >> reporter: but in 1979, a 19-year-old actress with high hair and high hopes appearing on "the dating game."
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>> what form of transportation should all girls be built like and why? >> reporter: the clip was posted on youtube bay granholm fan who got it off the facebook page of the fan who was one of the losing contestants, proving that in the age of social media, skeletons don't stay in the closet. she has been a sport. saying alas, which is what being a teenager in the '70s gets you. i was having a bad hair decade. >> what do you have in common? >> you get smaller as you go down. >> reporter: it worked out okay for arnold schwarzenegger after he appeared. sarah palin once had a gig doing local sports. >> i'm going to show you highlights, plus tell you all about that next. >> reporter: granholm ended up choosing bachelor number 2. it's all enough to make you cringe.
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but if there's one thing she is sure of, you can end up going places. >> there should be a moratorium of pictures of anybody in the '70s. >> i thought we were safe because there was no youtube or facebook back then. but it still comes back. >> everything finds a way to live, even if it's not digital. that's right. still to come, aimee copeland, the young woman who nearly died after a flesh-eating bacteria, she makes a triumphant return. this is "today" on nbc.
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we want to give a warm weekend today welcome to dylan drier, who as we mentioned a moment ago joins our team. how are you feeling about joining our family? >> you know, i'm a little nervous, but i think that's natural. this is so surreal. this is wonderful to be here. >> but you've been doing this a
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long time. people watching in boston, they've been seeing you for years. >> i know. i've been up there about six years. met my fiance up there, so i'm dragging him down to new york now. >> weren't you like the number one weather caster? >> she's being modest. >> there he is right there. back in 2008, it was just one little thing. i'll take any plug i can get. >> are you from boston? >> no, i'm from new jersey actually. >> so you're kind of coming home. >> i was in rhode island, and then i was in boston, so i've been in new england a while. >> can we talk about life changes for a moment? because you're not supposed to do everything at once. you're getting married in three weeks? >> three weeks from today, yes. >> and moving to new york and starting a new job. >> yes. normally i have a fully stocked refrigerator. now i have an old pizza and a bottle of water and that's about it. a lot of changes going on. >> that's welcome to new york. >> exactly. >> it's terrific. congratulations on everything. >> thank you so much. i'm so excited to join the team here. >> well, you won't be nervous
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after this. >> okay. still to come on "today," layaway is making a comeback this holiday shopping season. did i say holiday shopping season? >> uh-huh. >> it's the best way for you to get it. >> isn't it just september? plus, actor tony danza talks about his real life role. >> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> i'm lisa robinson. it's 7:25. police are calling the grandson of the elderly couple found murdered in pikesville a suspect
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in the case. investigators say 31-year-old matthew long was discovered in oklahoma september 11, long was living with his grandparents, vaughn and marjorie pepper, when they were killed, but was missing when the police discovered the couple's bodies on monday. according to police, as long in a hospital in oklahoma receiving medical treatment. baltimore county detectives are there waiting for a chance to interview him. >> we entered mr. long into the national missing person's database. when he was located in oklahoma on september 11, they notified the baltimore county police department. >> police have described the couple's injuries as traumatic but are not saying how they died. the search continues for the man who opened fire on the campus of morgan state university wednesday. investigators say the 19-year-old victim was visiting his cousin when he was shot in the stomach. they say he was targeted and he
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is in critical condition. baltimore county school district officials are ordered to review their school crisis plans. the district is making plans to set up a new text messaging and email system where students, staff and the community can report suspicious activity. superintendent dr. dallas dance presented the new security plans in the wake of gun incidents at perry hall high and stemmers run middle school. district is looking for a safety and security director and is raising awareness of a tip line to report suspicious activity. the number is 1-877-636-6332. we are back in a minute with a check of the forecast. anncr: a good job. it's the key to a good life. but it isn't always easy to find one... a vote for question seven is a vote for maryland jobs.
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>> good morning, just before 6:00 this morning you may have felt the earth shaking if you live in carroll county or frederick county. there was a small earthquake near oak orchard, 10 miles south of westminster. 2.1 magnitude on the richter scale. the earthquake was three miles down in the earth and happened at 5:51 this morning. the weather's not all that earth shaking, a cool front went through, 68 degrees. scattered clouds, humidity low, northwest winds at 8, 30. 18, the barometer is rising. 74 to 79 the high with a bit of
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a breeze. >> thank you for joining us. we are back in 25 minutes with update. infocision. infocision says it provides value and integrity to its clients. back on a saturday morning, september 15th, 2012. happy to have our friends out on the plaza. enjoying mild weather this weekend. a little bit of rain, but i think it's cleared up. i'm kate snow along with lester holt. coming up, the royal family fighting back. prince william and his wife are furious that a french magazine published topless photos of her, and now they are taking action. we have the details. while it's only mid september, some people are starting to think about their holiday shopping. retailers will try to make spending more affordable by offering different layaway plans. but is paying for items over time the best way to go? we're going to take a look
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coming up. also actor tony danza stopping by. he is best known for starring on "taxi" and "who's the boss?." but his toughest role may have been the year he spent as a high school english teacher. we want to begin this year with aimee copeland's story. for months, we've been following her. copeland is the georgia grad student who con contracted a flesh eating bacteria. she has managed the meet all of her challenges head-on and with a smile. on friday, she went back to her hometown in style. >> reporter: home at last. aimee copeland's journey brought her back to the town where she grew up. it's the first time friends, neighbors and loved ones have been able to see and touch aimee seance rare flesh-eating bacteria ravaged her body. what could have taken her life has dramatically changed it.
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the 24-year-old has spent almost six months recovering and rehabilitating her body. she described the first time she was able to pull herself up right. >> i didn't yet even have a prosthetic. i just had a test socket that they had brought. and it was the most incredible feeling. i don't think i can top that. >> reporter: during those long no, sir the hospital, what did she miss most? >> going to the beach in the summertime. i missed a whole season. >> reporter: aimee's rehab will continue at her parents' home, which underwent major renovations to make it possible. friday's homecoming kept her busy. she walked on to the national stage, giving her first public interview on the katie show with katie couric. her strength and smile inspie inspiring. >> no one in her situation would be happy. she's happy, she's proud this happened to her.
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it makes me feel like no matter what i ever go through in life, can be happy about it, too. >> reporter: a small town girl, now a hometown hero. for "today," nbc. dylan drier is back with us. >> we had a couple showers this morning here in new york. nor northern new england could see a few showers. that will stall out, bring a little rain into texas as well. scattered thunderstorms across florida, too. the west coast, we are talking about the heat with highs possibly breaking some records out that way, topping out in the 90s and well over 100 degrees. tomorrow, more showers continue down into texas, down into the gulf coast region. while we dry things out all across the northeast. it does look mild with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. we are going to see highs in
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montana through the dakotas. >> good morning, earlier this morning a cool front went through the area. by evening, it will be out to sea and high pressure will be giving us great weather. temperatures in the 70's. >> and remember, you can keep track of the weather all day long by tuning in to the weather channel on cable or weather.com. and i can't believe it is this time of year, but we are talking about football night in america. sunday night, it's at candle stick park. the lions versus san fran. mostly clear, 56 to 60 degrees.
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that's my kind of weather for football. i take the warmer weather over the cold, cold temperatures that i dealt with at gillette stadium. >> they're coming. still ahead, lesson learned. actor tony danza talks about his real life role as a public schoolteacher. and up next, are layaway plans the best way to pay for your holiday purchases? we'll take a look. but first, these messages. exclusive to the military, and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. with our award winning apps that allow you to transfer funds, pay bills or manage your finances anywhere, anytime. so that wherever your duty takes you, usaa bank goes with you. visit us online to learn what makes our bank so different. new chocolatey delight pastry crisps from special k. two delicious crisps. for 100 calories. so you'll never have to break up with your sweet tooth again.
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costco in september. they want to expand the holiday season. if you have that one item you must have and you can put it on layaway, you're you've got it in the bag. >> do they make financial sense? i always keep thinking i'm giving the store money for a product i haven't received yet. >> if you have bad credit and you can't use your credit card, this is a plan for you. if you have the discipline where you can go in and give every so often money, then that's the plan for you. if you can't afford the item ever, don't do it. not a great idea. so for people who don't have good credit and want the deals and they want to make sure that they have that must-have toy and it's waiting for them or that must-have electronic, they'll have it, so it make sense for those people. >> you mention it's become a rage for the stores to get people in. they're getting competitive among each other. let's start with walmart. >> a lot of them are offering you more time. walmart is giving you 90 days to pay off. it used to be 60.
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they do have a $5 service charge. used to be $15. they'll give you $5 back in a gift card once you pay it off. they require 10% down, or $10, whichever is higher. and there's no cancellation fee. you just have to pay it out. if you decide you don't want it, that's okay. >> you mentioned putting toys on layaway. toys 'r' us has gotten into the game. >> they won't give it to you on clearance or apparel, but most toys they will. there is no service fee, but they have a higher down payment than walmart, 20% versus 10%. and a $10 cancellation fee. if you decide you don't want it, you're still out the $10. >> k-mart, are there restrictions? >> you can do it online, which is cool. there's no service fee through november 17th. you only have 60 days versus the 90 at walmart and toys 'r' us. there's a cancellation fee of $10. so make sure you really need that item before you sign up for it. >> and most of these cases, you have to go back in the store to
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make your payment, so that increases store traffic. i would think other retailers are going to get in the act. >> they want you to spend. oh, while i'm here paying off that layaway, i like that. sears is expected to announce in october and going to wait and see if this is a real way to get you in the stores. >> last year, there was a layaway angel. paying people's accounts off. would you expect to see that again? >> you never know. k-mart had people that were paid off anonymously. it was a charity thing. but i wouldn't count on it. if you don't have the money, don't spend it. if you have it, maybe you decide where you want to place the money. >> janice, thanks very much. coming up next, tony danza talks about his toughest role next, high school english teacher. this happy couple used capital one venture miles for their "destination wedding." double miles you can "actually" use. but with those single mile travel cards... [ bridesmaid ] blacked out... but i'm a bridesmaid. oh! "x" marks the spot she'll never sit. but i bought a dress!
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we're back now with tony danza. you know him as the star of "taxi"," who's the boss?" but to students at northeast high in philadelphia, he's mr. danza. now he has written a book about his experience in the classroom as a teacher. it's called "i'd like to apologize to every teacher i ever had: my year as a rookie teacher at northeast high." love the title. good morning, tony danza. how are you? you're a successful actor. you're approaching 60. >> i passed 60. >> why change career mid stream and go teach? >> well, i think 60 was a big part of it. you get really reflective at 60. you know, it's over the speed limit. but i don't know, just something i always wanted to do. went to school to be a teacher. never did it. i thought i was going to be a history teacher. and then when i got out of school, i was too young to teach
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anybody anything, i thought. things happened. i became a fighter and then i ended up on tv. it's always been in my mind. i don't think you can be an american and not be concerned about the state of education in our country. you can't drop out almost a million kids and expect to sustain a great country. >> you choose a tough school. you choose northeast high in philadelphia, tenth grade english, you decided to teach. >> which is really ironic, i think. lewis black said he can't speak english! >> you did get some flak. there were some critics who said this is a stunt, because you were recording it for television. >> it started out as i wanted to do it. i said to a friend of mine, who's a tv producer, i said i'm going to give this thing a couple years and go teach. he said great tv show. >> but it started as teaching, not tv. >> it started as teaching, but the tv show got us in there. the mayor of philadelphia was
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supportive of it. >> hardest part of the job what you didn't expect maybe? >> i think the emotional grind. >> you cried a lot. >> at first i cried because i was scared. then you cry because your heart gets broken. and then you cry because they make your heart soar. but the tough part is the kids are sort of preconditioned, that the teachers have to do the job. engage me. they hear this all the time. the kids walk in and say engage me, i'm here. so you have to show them first of all that you care. and so now you've shown you care. by the way, teachers have 150 kids they're responsible for. imagine 150 teenagers. just for a second contemplate that. >> and you had a slice of that. >> i just had a slice of it. i had 1/5 the load. you show them you care and now they open up to you. kids have a lot of things going on in your life that now you
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know about and sometimes you have to report it because there are laws. other times it just crushes you. >> so why not keep teaching? you could have kept going, right? >> ms. carol, the great principal there, who's tough, said to me would you like to come back? which was the greatest compliment she could have paid me because at the beginning she was very skeptical. i said, you know, at my age, i'm not sure i want to care this much about anything. i mean, it is so overwhelming. other than my own kids. >> and you had your own kids. >> imagine this. you got 150 teenagers you've got to take care of. nobody talks about this. 150 kids you have to be responsible for. you're not only responsible for them day-to-day, you're responsible for their futures. this is the one tenth grade english class that's going to count. now, what happens -- you're a new teacher and you're committed and you're there. what happens if you get married and have a couple of kids? now you have that and that. it's a tough job. >> it is a tough job. you've shined a light on it. tony danza, thank you so much.
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the book again is called "i'd like to apologize to every teacher i've ever had." we're back in a moment.
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still to come on "today," anti-american protests continue throughout the middle east. we're live on the campaign trail. a look at how the turmoil is shaping the presidential race. also, britain's royal family takes action after a french magazine publishing topless photos of the duchess of cambridge. is she facing the same treatment as princess diana did 15 years ago? but first, these messages. hey, i love your cereal there --
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> i'm jennifer franciotti. the time right now is 7:55. here's a look at some of the morning's top stories. alarming data coming out about the west nile virus.
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nationwide and in maryland, an increasing number of people are learning they tested positive for the west nile virus when they went to donate blood. a total of 25 in maryland have been infected and half have had the more severe strain of the virus. >> if that test positive, that do snation removed from the blood supply so it's not available for transfusions or any other use of the blood. >> health officials say a positive test result doesn't make them a human case. they have to exhibit symptoms to meet the criteria for a human west nile case. a suspect at large this morning after a stabbing at a light rail station. it unfolded around 6:30 friday evening at the westfort station in south baltimore. we are told the suspect attempted to take the victim's phone. when the victim refused, the suspect fought back and the victim was stabbed. the victim was taken to shock
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trauma with non-life-threatening injuries. one person in the hospital after a late-night fire in southwest baltimore. firefighters responded to a home in the 1900 block of breitwert avenue around 9:00 last night and found flames shooting from first floor of a two-story home. firefighters discovered one victim suffered injury, possibly smoke inhalation. that victim was taken to the hospital. crews say it took half an hour to bring the fire under control and there's no word on what started the fire. we are back in a minut
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>> the sun is out now but earlier this morning, just before 6:00 a.m., the ground was shaking in carroll and frederick counties know aearthquake near oak orchard, 10 miles southwest of westminster. it was at a depth of three miles and magnitude was 2.1. not much but it did cause a shake and we got a phone call or two on it, as well. other than that, the weather's nice and quiet here, a cold front went through a couple of hours ago. by evening, it will be out to sea and high pressure will be and that gives us more great weather. just a continuation of the dry conditions we've had. today's forecast, 74 to 79 for the high, plenty of sun, breezy, northwest winds at 10 to 20 miles an hour. and small craft advisories out on the bay. winds gusting to 25 knots with a two to three-foot chop on the open waters of the bay. the sunday forecast, continued good weather in the 70's but rain comes in the picture monday and tuesday.
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>> thank you, john. thanks for joining us. we are back in 25 minutes with another update. we're back now with more of "today" on this saturday morning, september 15th, 2012. our thanks to everyone who is spending some of their day here with us. i'm lester holt along with kate snow. it's great to have you. >> thank you so much for having me. feeling good, got the coffee. >> good. that's what you need. coming up in just a moment, exkoes of princess diana. the royal family is furious that a french magazine has published topless photographs of kate middleton sunbathing at a secluded villa in france. we'll tell you what the royal family is doing in response. plus, it started as a routine traffic stop but ended
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with a 77-year-old being yanked out of her car. now her family is demanding an apology but local officials say the officer did nothing wrong. what do the shoes you wear reveal about your personality? probably more than you think. find out why strangers don't have to walk a mile in your favorite footwear to learn a lot about you. also coming up tomorrow, a very big day for this place. 25 years of "weekend today." and later this hour, we're going to take a look back at some of the ways the world has changed from 1987 to now. >> including the hair styles. a man linked to the anti-islam film that set off protests around the world has been taken in for questioning. mike taibbi is in los angeles. >> this is one of only three people linked to this video. she an ex-con, he's also an ultra conservative egyptian born christian, that puts him in the group of those people who are
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responsible from the video. he was led from his home under sheriff's department escort. he's not under arrest at all, but he does have a probation that could be violated if he used the internet by assisting in the up load of this video in the last couple of weeks. this yet to be determined yet, but will be determine after he speaks with deputy sheriff's investigators. the other key figures -- joseph masuala. he has been a featured speaker of some of the anti-ground zero mosques. and i listened to the video. solve virulent anti-islamic speech. another person that speaks on the website, a guy named steven cline, an ex-marine, a local guy who's on a couple of hate speech watch groups. those are a couple of people most responsible at this point for the content of the video, the dubbed over video of 14
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minutes that caused all of the problems this week. >> mike, thanks. anti-american sentiment blamed on that film continues throughout the middle east. two u.s. marines were killed overnight in afghanistan, and the taliban has claimed responsibility. nbc's jim maceda is in cairo. good morning, jim. >> reporter: hi, kate. around the world, anger over that u.s. produced film clip triggered protests, violence, and more loss of life. in afghanistan, two u.s. service members were killed in a sustained taliban attack on u.s. marine headquarters in helmand province. the taliban said the attack was its response to the made in usa film that they say defiles their religion. here in cairo, groups of radical protesters threw stones and tried yet again to breach the u.s. embassy. >> i think it is a dirty film,
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and the muslims don't hurt anyone. why others hurt us? >> reporter: egypt security tried tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. this morning they were given the clear. across the muslim world, from morocco to indonesia, in some 20 countries, incensed protesters attacked u.s. and western embassies. in yemen, u.s. marines were sent in to beef up embassy security under siege. some protesters scaled the u.s. embassy in the tunisian capital and planted an islamic flag. they were quickly dispersed and the flag removed. in sudan, protesters broke into the german embassy and celebrated by setting it on fire. then clashed with police at the u.s. compound. to held with freedom and democracy, he said. when it threatens the people's
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religion and faith. world leaders stunned by events blamed the film makers. >> it is shameful to exploit the fundamental right to free expression by deliberately provoking bigotry and brothership. >> reporter: even in turkey, protesters burned american flags. seven people were killed in the international spasm of violence. but back here in egypt, there's hope that president morsi is finally striking the balance between appealing to conservative muslims who actually elected him and his major western donors with the u.s., of course, at the top of the list. now here's lester. now to presidential politics, the debate that erupted this week over mitt romney's criticism of the initial white house response to that tragedy in libya.
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ron mott is in virginia. good morning. >> reporter: mitt romney has been on the defensive for leveling criticism at the obama administration, criticism that occurred even before all the facts were in. so essentially, mitt romney yesterday sort of softened his stance on this situation in libya. he says that the white house eventually agreed with him that the comments that were made by the embassy not sanctioned by the white house were not appropriate. take a look at the spot here. at andrews air force base, a somber ceremony, draped by patriotism. >> today we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. >> reporter: as the remains of the four americans killed in libya were delivered to their
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families. >> they loved this country and they chose to serve it and served it well. they had a mission and they believed in it. they knew the danger, and they accepted it. >> reporter: the president led a ceremony honoring u.s. ambassador chris stevens, information management officer sean smith, and two security officials slain in a september 11th attack in benghazi. the tragedy turned political tuesday night, even before the scope of the situation was fully known, when mitt romney issued a statement criticizing the obama administration's initial response, calling it disgraceful, to "sympathize with those involved with the attacks." democrats and the president himself fired back, with mr. obama saying the embassy's statement was not sanctioned by the white house and that governor romney -- >> seems to have a tendency to
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shoot first and aim later. >> reporter: romney eventually softened his stance somewhat. >> no regrets? >> well, i indicated at the time and continued to that what was said at that time was not appropriate, that they continued to have that, they reiterated the statement after the breaching of the grounds, and i think that was wrong. >> reporter: at rallies on friday, governor romney and paul ryan each called for moments of silence for the libya victims. >> place your hand over your heart in recognition of the bloodshed for freedom by them and our other sons and daughters who lost their lives in the cause of america, in the cause of liberty. >> reporter: all in all, pretty tough week for the romney campaign. the latest polling shows governor romney falling further behind the president in ohio, here in virginia, and down in florida, which is where paul ryan is headed for rallies in the tampa and st. petersburg area. let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk.
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good morning. >> good morning again to you, too. four colleges and universities are on edge today after being warned about bombings or other acts of violence. the first call went to the university of texas austin for someone claiming to be with al qaeda and saying he placed bombs all over the campus. shortly after, other threats were received by north dakota state university, hiram in northeast ohio. all of the campuses were eventually given the clear. they don't think the threats were related. there are hopes in chicago that the teachers strike can be settled in time for school on monday. negotiators have emerged from marathon talks to say they've achieved a basic agreement that could end the walkout that's emptied the classrooms of the nation's third largest school system for a week. the chicago teachers union is expected to decide sunday whether to suspend that strike. and a final farewell for the first man to walk on the moon. neil armstrong's cremated
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remains were buried in the atlantic ocean on friday during a ceremony onboard the uss philippine sea. the burial followed the memorial service in washington, d.c. a south korean rapper has become the first asian solo art tois hit number one on itunes. thanks may go to david gregory, al roker, look at him go. they joined him in his signature dance. their vigorous dance moves lit up the twitterverse. and that is the news. let's send it back to lester and kate. who knew that david gregory could move like that? who knew? >> there will be no dancing this morning. >> did we want to know? that's the appropriate question. dylan dreyer is out on the plaza this morning. she's got a check of our forecast. >> i'm with you.
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there will be no dancing for me this morning. we are focusing on the tropics. we do still have to keep an eye on hurricane nadine just because it is a category 1 storm. it's moving pretty quickly to northeast. that's important, at about 15 miles per hour, it's really not a threat. but we are looking at some potential for some heavier rain from springfield, missouri, all the way down into brownsville, texas. we also have some scattered storms down through florida as well. there's the potential in some of these heavier storms. we could end up with three, maybe even isolated amounts, maybe up to four inches of rainfall. certainly something we are going >> good morning, a little earthquake this morning just before 6:00. here's westminster and near oak orchard in frederick county 10 miles away, a magnitude 2 earthquake there. our forecast, lots of s
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>> now, you guys are celebrating 48 years of marriage. i'm getting married in three weeks. any advice? >> be happy. >> be happy. >> so lots of laughter? >> lots of laughter. >> just go with the flow. >> that's exactly what i plan on doing. thanks for the advice. kate? prince william and kate middleton continue their tour of southeast asia, but it is photos that were taken halfway around the world and published in a french magazine that have created an international scandal. nbc's duncan golestani is outside the palace. >> reporter: the duke and duchess of cambridge will take legal action against the french tabloid which posted topless pictures of the princess. there has been a furious
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response, a level of anger rarely seen. kate and william's tour of southeast asia has provided countless images of the royal couple. but now the most talked about pictures are the ones they can't control. printed across five pages of a french gossip magazine, intimate photos taken on vacation last week in which the duchess can be seen topless. >> for me, those pictures are not shocking. just beautiful couple and in love couple. >> kate and william disagree. first they were said to be saddened. later that changed to furious. the palace called publication grotesque and totally unjustifiable, saying it's reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of diana, princess of wales. it was also in france she spent her last days. it is a harsh reminders about
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the pearls of the paparazzi. >> i would think that he would be absolutely furious. absolutely livid. how could he not be? because it will bring everything back to him and what his mother went through. i do not want that to happen to the duchess of cambridge. i saw what it did to diana and it's absolutely hideous. >> reporter: "closer" magazine rejects the comparison and insists they weren't trying to hide themselves. no british tabloid plans to use the pictures, unlike the nude photos of prince harry, which made front page news. this morning, kate and william had a tree top adventure to keep them busy. but they know a far greater challenge is waiting for them when they return home. legal experts agree it won't be too difficult to win a court case in france. the problem is already an italian gossip magazine says it too will print the nude pictures. that means they are spreading around the world and there's no
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stopping them. kate? >> thank you. martin bashir, longtime royal follower. this is really the first time the palace has taken legal action about a photo. why is this so different? >> if you put it in its historical context, it's 30 years to the day virtually that a telephone conversation between princess diana and james gilby was reported on in the sun newspaper. it's 20 years since sarah ferguson was photographed having her toes sucked by a texan millionaire. 15 years since princess diana died being chased by paparazzi. on none of those occasions did the royal family take any legal action. this is unprecedented and an indication of how appalled they are. >> does it have anything to do with what we saw just last month with prince harry and the partying photos? are they feeling an intrusion, a
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deeper intrusion than before? >> i don't think so. i think this is william, as princess diana's friend said in the piece, this is william deciding he has to establish some red line. the problem with this is that "closer" magazine is a french magazine and the version that published these images is in france. but it's owned by the italian former prime minister. so the anxiety is that this is going to be a contagion. i think the hope is that by issuing some kind of litigation, it may have the effect of slowing down what will eventually become a wildfire and spread. >> this is so personal for prince william, isn't it? i mean, he's spoken before in the past about his mother and how deeply he felt about how her life went. >> to be perfectly honest, prince william has been unhappy
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with the media and the press since he was born. he still harbors the belief that the paparazzi killed his mother. and therefore, this is a terrible echo of the experience of his mother being chased and pursued. the idea that they went to a private residence owned by a relative and assumed that it was miles from anybody else, nobody else was nearby, and they still couldn't have any privacy, to him must be deeply disturbing. >> and quickly, kate middleton has had this reputation of never putting a foot wrong. does this tarnish that in any way, topless photos? >> i don't think so. i think the issue becomes one of the fact that she has to understand, i guess, that as a member of the royal family, she has no privacy whatsoever. >> even on the balcony of your vacation home. >> in a private residence owned by a relative. and that's the lesson from this. it was never her fault. it was down to the fact that they made an assumption that they wouldn't be photographed and they were.
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>> always great to have you. thank you so much. >> great to see you, kate. thank you. still to come, mcdonald's may make it easier for you when it puts calorie counts on menu boards. we'll show you some healthier options at the golden arches. next, lester stops by "the wendy williams show" to show a kill we had no idea he had. right after these messages. ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, yeah, yeah ♪ well, she goes the extra mile ♪ ♪ she's gonna make you smile, yes, she will ♪ [ female announcer ] from special occasions to unplanned thursdays, it's one good time after another. town house®. where good times reside™. ♪ ♪
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investigators say 31-year-old matthew long was discovered in oklahoma on september 11. long was living with his grandparents, vaughn and marjorie pepper, when they were killed, but he was missing when police discovered the bodies on monday. according to police, long is in the hospital in oklahoma receiving medical treatment. baltimore county detectives are there, waiting for a chance to interview him. >> we entered mr. long into the national missing person's database. when he was located in oklahoma on september 11, they notified the baltimore county police department. our detectives immediately began making preparations to interview him. >> the police have described the couple's injured as traumatic. the search continues for the man who opened fire on the campus of morgan state university on wednesday. investigators say the 19-year-old victim was visiting his cousin who plays football at the school when he was shot in the stomach. they say he was targeted. he's still listed in critical condition. there's no word on what led to
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that violence. baltimore county school district officials are ordered to review school crisis plans. the district is making plans to set up a text messaging and email system where students, staff and the community can report suspicious activity. superintendent dance presented the security plans in the wake of the gun incidents at perry hall high school and stemmers run middle school. he is also looking for a safety and security direct, raising awareness about a tip line to report suspicious activity. the number for the safe school tip line is 1-877-636-6332. and we are back in a moment with
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>> good morning. the sun is out, nice morning this morning before sunrise, just before 6:00, small eastern frederick county, 10 miles southwest of westminster, near oak orchard, occurred, just a 2.1 magnitude earthquake, about three miles deep and it occurred at 5:51 a.m. not much of a shaker but enough to catch the attention of a few people. that's all the activity there. other earth shaking news, more good weather continues. high pressure comes in following a cool front. this is what the map will look like this evening. great setup for the weekend. today's forecast -- a lot of sunshine, 74 to 79 the high. breezy, northwest winds 10 to 20 and for the eagles-ravens game tomorrow in philadelphia, 1:00 in the afternoon, pleasant, light northwest wind, in the
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70's. >> 11 news saturday morning starts in 25 minutes. good morning. we're back on a saturday morning. it is september 15th, 2012. we want to thank our crowd for spending a saturday morning out here, part of the weekend. i'm kate snow, along with lester holt this morning. thanks for having me. >> it's nice to have you here. >> still to come, the 77-year-old grandmother who was pulled over by police and ultimately dragged out of her vehicle. her family is demanding an apology, but local officials say the officer did nothing wrong. coming up, it's become a heated debate online and we're going to find out what you all think about this one. >> then we're going to talk about calorie counting when it comes to fast-food. here in new york and a lot of other places, they require
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fast-food places to post the calories. mcdonald's says it will do it nationwide. so we've got david zinczenko here, who will show us some of healthier alternatives on the menu and some of the equivalent calorie choices. also, what do your shoes say about you? >> that i'm conservative, i don't know. >> there's a new study that says they can tell a lot about you. your personality, your age, what you're enter. we'll see how accurate the study really is. >> our program is celebrating a big milestone. 25 years. 25th anniversary of "weekend today." we'll reflect on where we've been and highlight some of our memorable moments. this morning from phones to fashion. we'll look back at how much our everyday lives have changed since 1987. >> yeah, just a little. but first, dylan dreyer is here with the weather. >> it cleared up nicely. it was a little drizzly here earlier this morning. we are looking at some pretty
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nice weather. we had a little bit of rain, but if you head up into central and northern new england, we are looking for quite a few showers. temperatures a little cooler in the 60s and 70s. around here, temps in the 70s and more showers. possibly heavy rain, up to two to three inches of rain in areas back through texas into arkansas and missouri as well. and as we continue into the rest of the weekend, that rain continues across texas, across louisiana, and again, some areas in those towns could pick up about three to four inches of rainfall. the rest of the country hot. we could see some record-breaking heat in the >> good morning, earlier this morning a cool front went through the area. by evening, it will be out to sea and high pressure will be giving us great weather. temperatures in the 70's.
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as we head into sunday, we are talking about football night in america. we've got a pretty nice night, back through candle stick park with the lions versus san fran. mostly clear temperatures, around 56 to 60 degrees as we kick off that game 8:00 sunday night. we have so many people here from kansas. is all of kansas here? one large group and they're all getting along. it's wonderful to see. well, welcome to new york. kate? now an update on a story we brought you earlier in the week. a 77-year-old texas grandmother dragged out of her car by police. her family is demanding an apology, while local officials are defending the use of force.
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here's nbc's jay gutierrez. >> reporter: an officer pulled over 77-year-old lynn for speeding. what happened next was captured on the officer's dash cams. >> i've got to go to the bathroom. i have a bladder infection. >> driver's license and insurance, please. >> you listen to me. >> no, i want to see driver's license and insurance. >> there was 19 second from when he first initially asked her for her driver's license to when he laid his hands on her. >> her granddaughter is outraged. >> let me see your driver's license. >> i'll give it to you in a minute. >> no, you give it to me now or i'm going to take you to jail. >> teld the elderly woman was dd to the ground. >> not once did she refuse to give her driver's license to him. she said i'll give it to you in a minute. and no patience was afforded her. >> get out of the vehicle.
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>> reporter: the video is attracting national attention to the small town just south of fort worth. local officials are standing behind the officer. in a written statement, the police chief said sergeant geheb was following department policy in regards to violators not providing identification. the incident is prompting heated debate online. on twitter, one woman wrote the officer was on a power trip, nothing more. gives cops a bad name. but many others are supporting the police. on facebook, "if a member of law enforcement gives you an order, you just obey them. this woman had an attitude and a sense of entitlement." >> she's not a criminal. >> reporter: her relatives say this grandmother was speeding because of a medical condition and they want the officer to take anger management classes. no lawsuit planned here. not looking for money, they say. >> an apology would be nice. >> reporter: for "today," gabe
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gutierrez. >> we asked you to vote whether the officer acted appropriately. 59% said the officer was justified. the remaining 41% said he should have found another way to resolve the situation. up next, "eat this, not that", dave z is in the house. but first, these messages. for shipping coordinator. and i've got to pick someone. tough decision. [ thinking ] okay, you can be a rising star, or... but you just ordered a crispy mcchicken and a fresh-brewed sweet tea for only a buck each off mcdonald's dollar menu, so you're smart, right? nah, i got nothing. smart man. two 7s. oh, oh, ho! oh, wow. the fox strikes again! the fox strikes again! he's always striking! [ male announcer ] the simple joy of being smart.
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starbucks have made headlines this week. mcdonald's announced it will put calorie counts on all of its menus nationwide. meanwhile, star bucks is getting buzz thanks to a virginia woman who says she lost 85 pounds by eating all her meals there over the past two years. so what could you order from these places without packing on the pounds? dave zinczenko is the author of "the new york times" best selling "eat this not that" book franchise. great to see you. the calorie thing that we mentioned a moment ago. some communities and cities like new york are requiring it. mcdonald's going nationwide. is knowledge power when it comes to your health? >> absolutely. if you can choose, you can lose. we are spending half of our food dollars at restaurants. you could have never lost weight eating at restaurants in the past. but now they're coughing up their nutritional information and it's much easier to make smart choices. and that is a big breakthrough in the restaurant world. >> as you always do, you look at the menu and you find items that probably aren't as healthy for you. >> a lot of bombs here.
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>> starting with mcdonald's. this is the mcgriddle sandwich. >> it's sort -- it is 560 calories. i can't imagine how they pack that much in there. this is half a day's worth of saturated fat. it's sausage, it's cheese, it's these griddle cakes. it is the equivalent, lester, of eating five bowls of lucky charms. >> a lot of sugar in there. >> a lot of sugar. so what you want to do is go with the sausage burrito because you're getting the sausage flavor without all the fat and you're saving a couple hundred calories. >> all right. let's move on. another item on the menu here. this is the big breakfast with hot cakes. >> the problem here is it's a plate of beige, basically. your hot cakes, your hash browns, your biscuit. this is the mo, larry, and curly of nutrition. it's an entire day's worth of sodium and saturated fat, and it ends up being the equivalent of eating 49 strips of center cut
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bacon. >> which explains why we've all been smelling bacon all morning long. >> it's driving us nuts. >> the hell thi option? >> you're much better off going with an egg mcmuffin because you're getting 450 calories with the hash browns, getting some protein, it's a nice way to start your day, and it's a much more balanced breakfast. >> let's go to starbucks. a lot of pastries and sweets. this is the banana nut bread. >> this is the nut loaf. bananas and nuts to order it. it's almost 500 calories and it's got 20 grams of fat and 46 grams of sugar. so that's like 11 spoonfuls of sugar. it ends up being the calorie equivalent of these 16 ginger snaps. so you're much better off doing
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what i do most mornings, you go here with the spinach and feta cheese breakfast wrap. it's 290 calories. it's got eight grams of fiber and 19 grams of protein. this is a great way to start your day. >> lastly, a lot of stylized drinks. this is the pumpkin spiced latte. >> this has got 470 calories, half a day's worth of saturated fat. that's ten grams. a lot of whipped cream. 62 grams of sugar. that's 15 1/2 spoonfuls. ends up being the equivalent of eight fudgesickles. read the calorie info, go with something like a starbucks cappuccino that you're customizing, putting two squirts of pumpkin syrup in there.
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if you make this swap a few times a week by new year's, you will have lost four pounds. >> i would think the fast-food places would find the whole calorie thing a good idea because it gives people options instead of just not going there. >> it's a really smart thing to do. when "eat this, not that" launched five years ago, none of the restaurants wanted post it. now they are and profit margins are going up. >> it's forcie ining them to ma some good choices. up next, what your shoes say about your personality. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on "today's style", what your footwear says about you. strangers may be able to figure out clues about your age, your personality. new research suggests that your shoes say a lot more than you think. today's style editor bobby thomas put it to the test.
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>> reporter: sexy stilettos, strappy sandals, distinctly different shoes with a language all its own. according to a recent university of kansas study, strangers can correctly guess everything from age to% ma-- to personality bas on your shoes. we sent bobbi thomas. >> would you say a single person bought those? a mother? >> i would say a mother. i'm a mother and i would buy them. >> this one, you want to be playful. but you're not playing. >> what do these shoes say? >> this says that i'm not fun. i'm not sure who i want to be.
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>> reporter: and listen up, ladies. men are judging you, too. >> so wait. so sometimes men will look at shoes on a woman and say that looks high maintenance. >> yes. and if you know the brand that the woman is wearing, you may know that that shoe is x amount, may equate to a handbag at x amount. >> and so you just hear cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. i just had to stop you because i love your shoes. >> reporter: we decided to put this theory to the test and hit the streets of new york city where bobbi met aura. >> would you say you're outgoing or an introvert? >> introvert. >> do you have children? >> one. >> are you under 30 or over 30? >> over. >> it was time to see what strangers could glean from a snapshot of her shoes. >> i would say that they are an
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introvert. >> got to be extrovert. >> would you say this person is a mother or someone that doesn't have children? >> a mother. >> i would say with kids. >> under 30 or over 30. >> over 30 for sure. >> okay. wow, that was good. >> under. >> i think shoes say a lot about a person. to me, it's the foundation of the house, the architecture of the woman. >> shoe designer to the stars ruthie davis says it's a rather new phenomenon that isn't going away any time soon. >> as time has gone on, something changed where i think women started to realize, you know what? you can show the personality with your shoes. you make a statement. and it's okay. >> all right, so what do my shoes say about me? >> i like your shoes, but i noticed that you brought some fun shoes for me. these say that you're glam, but a little conservative. these say fun, but a little
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buttoned up, because it's like -- and these just say comfortable, i get it. but you might want to let go and get a ballet flat. >> no, these are for -- wait a second. these are for hiking and camping and the beach. see, this is mom, right? i have two kids. this is the mom shoe. these are like the splurge -- i wear them once a year. >> and you said your mom would be embarrassed -- >> that i spent this kind of money on shoes. i was raised -- you buy things on sale, right? >> it's one of the things with the study that i wasn't so happy with. style does not have to cost a lot. my shoes are $79 and this was a splurge for me. i know i'm a style editor, but most of my shoes are definitely under $100, most under $50. i want women out there to know that you don't have to get the designer label. i loved looking at your shoes, because this says sparkly glam and fun. and this says there's still sort of a young college girl at heart. >> you can tell which ones have
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been worn a lot more. >> and these say i want to be your best friend. whi this is what i want on the weekends. >> these say boston to me. >> i probably wore them every single day when i was up there. >> it was so fun to see moms and daughters shopping together and the moms going for the platforms and the spikes. five years ago, shoes were really different. it's changed. no more just the black and brown pair. experiment with your personality. let people know you care. but, you know, you want the put it out there. wear these more often, but strut your stuff in these, too. >> we will be right back with a look at how things have changed since "week today" started 25 years ago. and then countless more. years ago. n today" started 25 years ago. d today" started 25 years ago. plus another to eliminate flea eggs and larvae, annihilating the next generation of fleas. and, frontline plus works non-stop for thirty days.
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watch. in the last 25 years, social media has significantly changed the way we communicate. >> even google seems to be too slow for breaking news. it's all about twitter. >> back in 1987, social media was called a singles bar. there's girls, you say hi, you meet them. you know, they reject you. you move on to the next one. she rejects you. maybe facebook isn't so bad after all. >> that same year, the cell phone started gaining popularity, but it sure cost a pretty penny. >> a totally portable phone. >> i couldn't afford one, so i just painted a brick like it was a phone and walked around and talked into it and people believed me. >> and while it may appear easier to talk on the phone these days, how many of us really do? >> instead, we're either e-mailing or texting at all times. >> i haven't heard from such and such in a long time.
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i wonder if he broke his phone. >> while technology has evolved, so has our appetite for entertainment. >> a life with no kardashians? how ever could we get along? >> i don't know if that was, like, a joke or what. >> let's see if we would watch cool shows like "the cosby show." >> the shows that we were watching and loving were so much more wholesome. >> like you couldn't wait to see "the golden girls." so well written, so funny. you didn't mind the fact that they were elderly. >> petunia was so much more difficult. >> if i died, would you stop telling the story? >> from the small screen to the silver screen, storylines were based on family values. well, sort of. >> back then, movies had morals. "fatal attraction", psycho sexual thriller, but with a lesson. >> i'm not going to be ignored, dan. >> i saw "fatal attraction," i was like i will never cheat on my wife. ever. >> in 2012, nothing is shocking anymore. we need somebody to hit us over the head like "fifty shades of
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grey." >> while we may have worn off the loud colorful fashions of the '80s -- >> honestly, it looked like crayola threw up all over us. >> some trends have returned, for better, or for worse. >> people say we will never again make the mistake of big shoulder pads or neon or leg warmers or acid wash jeans. funny enough, along comes 2012 and all of those things are back. >> if anything has stood the test of time, it's our love of pop music. >> madonna was breaking sexual barriers in the '80s and today she's still breaking age barriers. >> the entire decade belonged to madonna and michael jackson. everybody else is derivative. >> we all loved our mtv. and the music video was still hot. >> mtv plays music? no, they play tv shows about
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pregnant teenage girls. we've come a long way, haven't we? >> at least our looks have remained the same. >> yeah, i look exactly like i did in 1987. it's bad. it's big hair, it's a big perm. that's my prom picture. >> beautiful dress. >> they've got a picture of me -- >> oh! lester, the mustache! >> yeah. >> i like it. >> a little more hair. >> that's going back. >> that's 1970s. >> nice look. >> we did not need to see that. >> so glad we did that. that's going to do it for us on this saturday morning. tomorrow, celebrating 25 years of "weekend today." >> some of your favorite anchors from the past will drop by. i'll see you back here tonight for "nightly news."
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning and welcome to 11 news saturday morning, i'm jennifer franciotti. here's a look at some of our top stories for you this morning. one person is in the hospital this morning after a fire in southwest baltimore. responded to a home in the 1900 block of breitwert avenue around 9:00 p.m. last night where they found flames coming from the first floor of a two-story house. firefighters located one victim who has suffered injury, possibly smoke inhalation. that victim was transported to the hospital. crews say it took half an hour to bring the fire under control. police have located the grandson
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of an elderly baltimore county couple found murdered inside their pikesville home. matthew long is treated for an illness at a hospital in oklahoma. he shared a home with vaughn and marjorie pepper, both found dead earlier this week. baltimore county police say they consider long to be a suspect in the murders. michael phelps was among the more than 400 olympic athletes on the white house lawn for a special thanks from the president. team u.s.a. marked a banner year in 2012, taking home 104 medals, 46 of them gold. maryland athletes had a standout year. in addition to mentioning phelps, the president gave a shout-out to swimmer katie ledecky. time right now, 8:57. here's a look at what's coming up in the next hour. >> the west nile virus, new data suggests it's more widespread than we may think. we will explain. >> weather-wise, the sun is out this morning and we have a
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little bit of a breeze from the north. and on a winning streak. the o's take on the oakland a's. we will have the latest when 11 news saturday morning continues.
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>> you're watching wbal-tv 11, live, local, late breaking. this is 11 news saturday morning. >> welcome to 11 news saturday morning, i'm lisa robinson. >> and i'm jennifer franciotti.